I finally watched the movie, Temple Grandin, tonight.  Dr. Grandin’s story is an intriguing story about success over autism.  Over half of the cattle butchered in America breathe their last in a slaughter house designed by Grandin to guarantee humane death to the animals.  Visit her official website HERE.

Temple Grandin earned her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois, went on to become an associate professor at Colorado State University, and wrote two books on autism, including the seminal “Thinking in Pictures.” One of the most celebrated — and effective — animal advocates on the planet, Grandin revolutionized animal movement systems and spearheaded reform of the quality of life for the world’s agricultural animals.

I have enough on my plate right now that I am not ready to read this book, but I sure have questions I bet these authors answer:  Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries through the Unique Perspectives of Autism — by Temple Grandin, Sean Barron (Also available at Amazon.com HERE)

I believe that people who suffered from radically unsafe and insecure early attachments with their mother including abuse such as I did share in common with autistic disorders some radical differences in the way our right social-emotional brain handles human relationship information.  In fact, I know about myself that I fake most of what I know about human interactions.  I am not a native to human expressions or communication.

If anyone reads this post and resonates with my statements in the above paragraph please watch this movie, Temple Grandin.  For those of us who were severely abused as infants, our social-emotional processing physiology was very likely altered as we developed even though we are not autistic per se.

If I had the money I would very much value an opportunity to visit with Dr. Grandin in person about my many concerns about how survivors of infant abuse and severely interrupted mother-infant emotional-social interactions make us very different from ordinary people.  Our early very rapidly developing brain did not build itself normally because it lacked normal social-emotional interactions to build into itself normal patterns of human interaction from the start of our life.

Now – we fake our interactions in perhaps less exaggerated ways than is portrayed in Temple Grandin — but fake it I believe we do.  This makes us a different sort of person from normal-ordinary, one I believe is more similar in many ways to autistic than it is to normal.  I believe I am way ahead of the curve in seeing and knowing this – because I experience it and always have.  Our society has a long ways to go before we are ready to recognize the very special patterns of infant-caregiver interactions that build a fully healthy human ability to interact emotionally and socially – within our own self and with others.


Answers to many questions – found at this post: 


I need to return to the book writing!!  Lots to read at this link above in the meantime!!!!



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